Line: Serie D No. 4
Size: 4.8″ x 50
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Price: $27 CAD
Where to Purchase: Village Cigar Co.
The Partagas Serie D No.4 is considered one of the true Cuban classic robustos, and for good reason. I decided that The cigar finally needed the review that it deserved and here it is. The cigar comes in with a silky smooth natural wrapper and tight-invisible seams. The aroma was distinctly habanos with a pungent aroma of cedar and hay. I cut the cap off with my Dupont guillotine and lit it up with my single flame butane torch. The first notes were spectacular. Many cigars have a bitter note on the first and second draw following the initial light up, but the PD4 did not. The notes of cedar and sweet spice were definitely dominating the finish and a dry mouth feeling followed.
First Third (1/3) – 15 min
The draw was perfect and thus the smoke output was voluptuous. There was absolutely no harshness and the notes of cedar really made for a pleasant and medium-bodied smoke. My mouth was still dry from the finish so I complimented my puffing with some water; instead of a flavoured drink, so that I could have a more objective review. Overall this third was pretty uniform, but the flavours were so well-balanced that I did not mind the lack of complexity.
Second Third (2/3) – 10 min
The only real downside of this third was how fast the burn was. The pack was light, yet firm so I did not expect it to get to the second third so fast; or perhaps I was just enjoying myself too much! The note of cedar still comprised the main flavour profile of the body, however it was now being complimented by a rich espresso and dark chocolate taste; or perhaps cocoa! Great third all-in-all.
Final Third (3/3) – 10 min
Once again the burn made the amazing smoking experience short lived. I guess good things really do come in small packages! The note of cedar started to become harder to distinguish as flavours of nutmeg and brazil nuts melded with it. The complexity in this third was definitely the star of the show despite the difficultly it took to determine the different flavours
Total Burn Time: 35 min
I was really surprised at the fast burn time, however I find this is common with the PD4. Regardless, the stick was delicious given its well balanced nature of good flavours and the lack of any real negatives (unless you count a short smoke as a negative!). Nonetheless, The Partagas Serie D No.4 scores on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello – Senior Editor